Hampton Roads Daily Press
June 1, 2004
Some of the battles in democracy's continuing war against
autocratic thinking take place in unexpected corners, and
some of the heroes come from unexpected ranks.
That was the case when the state's archives, normally a
peaceful, quiet place, turned into a battleground for a conflict
that dragged on for most of 2002; the fight may not have
grabbed much attention, but it was significant. It involved the
librarian of Virginia, Nolan Yelich, going toe to toe with former
Gov. Jim Gilmore, who was refusing to hand over to the
archives many of the records of his administration.
Los Angeles Times
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Nominee Suffers for His 'Heresy' -- Exposing a Darling of the Left
By Jacob Heilbrunn
It's no secret that the Bush administration has a fetish for
secrecy. Whether it's keeping the records of Vice President
Dick Cheney's energy task force concealed or denying the
9/11 commission key documents, the administration
regularly displays disdain for open government. But does
that contempt extend even to the office of the national
The left apparently believes it does, and that's why
President Bush's nomination of Allen Weinstein _ author of
the definitive biography of Alger Hiss, "Perjury" _ for the
post of national archivist has triggered a furor. "The
American people need a better custodian of their history,"
the Nation magazine editorialized. The Society of
American Archivists and the Organization of American
Historians are questioning Weinstein's credentials.
American University historian Anna K. Nelson told the
Washington Post, "This is pretty sneaky."
Court eases space crunch
Some Circuit records sent to new office in Columbia; 'This is the state of the art'
By Sandy Alexander
Originally published June 1, 2004
The Howard County Circuit Court in Ellicott City has alleviated some of its
severe crowding by adding 5,200 square feet - in Columbia.
Starting today, nonjudicial functions of the court, including land records,
marriage licenses and business licenses, will be housed at the county-owned
Thomas Dorsey Building, off Bendix Road.
The new office will include cashiers to handle licenses and title filings, scanning
and indexing departments to manage records and a public area with computer
terminals for document searches.
Complaints led to file seizure
Months-long requests by state legislator,
Tribune spur transfer of Goldschmidt papers
By JIM REDDEN Issue date: Tue, Jun 1,
Today’s scheduled seizure of former Gov.
Neil Goldschmidt’s records from the Oregon
Historical Society is the result of a lengthy,
behind-the-scenes struggle for unlimited
access to the records led by a Eugene-area
legislator and the Portland Tribune.
Microsoft lawsuit leads to e-mail destruction questions
A 2000 memo to employees told them to delete e-mail after 30 days
News Story by Paul Roberts
MAY 24, 2004
(IDG NEWS SERVICE) - Microsoft
Corp. is digging deeper into its stores of
electronic correspondence after a U.S.
District Court judge instructed the
company to provide more information
about a four-year-old e-mail from a
company vice president that told
employees to delete e-mail after 30 days.
UPDATE 1-US judge tells BAT to turn over sensitive document
Tue Jun 1, 2004 03:38 PM ET
(Adds background, detail, quote from judge)
WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - The federal judge overseeing the U.S.
government's $280 billion racketeering case against major tobacco companies on
Tuesday ordered a unit of British American Tobacco Plc (BATS.L: Quote, Profile,
Research) to turn over a key document that the company has been fighting to
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler gave British American Tobacco Investments
Ltd. until Friday to turn over a 1990 memorandum written by an outside lawyer
named Andrew Foyle advising the company on its document retention policy.
Nuclear shelter turns to email
June 01, 2004, 12:00 BST
Iron Mountain was founded to keep corporate information safe in case of nuclear attack but,
in the new era of data-storage regulations, has widened its focus
Richard Reese has plenty of experience managing paper records, and he's trying to bring that
know-how to keeping track of electrons.
E-Document Management: A Litigator Looks at Retention Policies
Advice by Steven C. Bennett
JUNE 01, 2004
(COMPUTERWORLD) - For IT
professionals, top management and their
lawyers, the explosion in awareness and
use of electronic documents in litigation
presents great challenges.
For example, the widespread use of
business e-mail has often required the
revamping of document retention policies
and the dedication of substantial
resources to ensure that the enormous
volume of electronic communication is
properly treated from the perspective of
regulatory and litigation preparedness.
Outlook: Massive arrays of idle disks are giving a boost to disk-based backup systems, which could
replace tape libraries for some applications.
Emerging Technology by Lucas Mearian
MAY 24, 2004
(COMPUTERWORLD) - In the ongoing
struggle to automate and speed data
backups and restores, storage
administrators are increasingly turning to
Advanced Technology Attachment disk
subsystems. Now two vendors are
pitching the idea of using specialized
ATA disk backup appliances as an
alternative to robotic tape autoloaders for
handling large volumes of archival
storage. Both are using specialized ATA
disk array technology to lower the cost
per gigabyte of disk-based storage and
extend the life of backup disk drives,
making them more attractive for archival
and near-line storage.
Spreadsheets are growing like weeds, but they may be a liability in the Sarbanes-Oxley era.
News Story by Alan S. Horowitz
MAY 24, 2004
(COMPUTERWORLD) - In the
beginning, there was VisiCalc, the first
killer app for the PC. Lotus 1-2-3
subsequently took over, before yielding
the throne to Microsoft Corp.'s Excel.
Today, spreadsheets are so easy to use
and ubiquitous that they've sprouted like
weeds throughout most companies. And
they often hold important financial data.
New York Post
BLAST FROM THE PAST
By PHILIP MESSING
June 1, 2004 -- A forgotten 52-year-old investigative file that details the
biggest murder probe ever conducted by the NYPD has recently been found
inside a tiny Brooklyn station house, The Post has learned.
The glimpse into the city's most infamous unsolved homicide was made by
cops in Borough Park's 66th Precinct - headquartered in the smallest of the
76 station houses in the city.
The treasure trove of documents detailed the intricate steps taken by more
than 300 detectives to crack the March 8, 1952, assassination of Arnold
Schuster, a 24-year-old Borough Park clothing salesman who fingered
fugitive bank robber Willie Sutton.
NASA extends media archive deadline
BY Sarita Chourey
May 28, 2004
NASA's effort to put more than 115,000 film and video titles and millions of still images
online for public viewing has hit a slight delay, but the agency says that won't affect the
NASA wants a contractor to create a digital archive that would make all of the agency's
video and still images available online and replace the agency's various disconnected
archives. However, NASA officials recently pushed back the deadline for proposals to June
25, three weeks later than the original target date.
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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